Melissa Lynn Paxton
November 24, 1969 – May 4, 2021
Melissa Lynn Paxton received her wings on May 4, 2021 and has flown to meet her Lord.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl from 2:00pm until 3:00pm, followed by a memorial service at 3:00pm.
Melissa was born November 24, 1969 in Jackson, Mississippi, just in time to be the turkey baby to her parents, Judy Morgan Hooper and the late Donald R. Hooper. She lived her entire life in Pearl.
After working office jobs, Melissa chose to pursue a career in nursing. She attended night classes at Hinds, juggling a job and a three year old child at the same time. Melissa worked as an RN for several years, then found her dream job. She conducted medical reviews from home, in her nightgown, and could deal with her three head-strong girls.
Melissa was a joy, sometimes a headache, to her family and friends. Her sarcastic humor and quick wit, often unsolicited, will be greatly missed. She loved everyone and was a rock for her close friends. She shined most when reaching out to others in their time of need. Melissa is now dancing with her dad while Dianne watches and laughs from afar.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Hooper and step-mother, Dianne Hooper. Survivors are her mother, Judy Hooper; second father, Wayne Perkins "Glass"; sister, Michelle Porter; brother-in-law, Russ Porter; three step-sisters, Tracy Pouty, Beth Brown, Rhonda Ezell; three beautiful daughters, Kristen Vanderford, Brooklyn Paxton, and Sarah Miller; acquired son, Marcus Morris; a pack of unruly grandchildren, Kyler Vanderford, Holden Webb, Brinley Paxton, and Jaxsyn McAlpine; niece, Riley Ellis; nephew, Evan Ellis; and her beloved companion, Sage.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.
- Judy Hooper, Mother
- Wayne "Glass" Perkins, Her Second Father
- Michelle Porter, Sister
- Russ Porter, Brother-In-Law
- Tracy Pouty, Step-Sister
- Beth Brown, Step-Sister
- Rhonda Ezell, Step-Sister
- Kristen Vanderford, Daughter
- Brooklyn Paxton, Daughter
- Sarah Miller, Daughter
- Marcus Miller, Acquired Son
- Kyler Vanderford, Grandchild
- Holden Webb, Grandchild
- Brinley Paxton, Grandchild
- Jaxsyn McAlpine, Grandchild
- Riley Ellis, Niece
- Evan Ellis, Nephew
- Sage, Beloved Companion
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Melissa Lynn Paxton
May 16, 2021
I’ll miss your stories, the names you would come up with, your own special language, your humor, your accent, your texts and you! Love and miss you tons!
May 11, 2021
Melissa was one of my closest friends in nursing school. I was always struggling to beat her grades...and she always won. She was such a caring and energetic woman and I always looked up to her.
Rest In Peace Melissa....I will always love and miss you.
May 11, 2021
Melissa was an amazing person. My family no longer lives in Mississippi, so when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, Melissa went out of her way to help me through my pregnancy. She bought my first stroller, a night light for the crib, and a set of bath stuff. I will always be grateful for her. She showed true love and compassion for everyone. Thank you.
May 9, 2021
Melissa girl we have been friends since childhood my first crush and best friend for years. U will always be in my HEART and the memories of us as kids will always warm it. LOVE U FOREVER
May 8, 2021
You have been like a sister and confidant for over 30 yrs, we had lots of laughs and we have cried together and for each other. We will see each other again oneday soon..and dont burn heaven doing by trying to cook..just order take out haha
Love you BIG Mel forever and always !